It’s the official halfway point for the Seattle Seahawks, and thus it’s time to unveil their mid season grades. At the quarter turn they were 2-2 and some panic was setting in among Seahawks Nation. At the semester break they’re still at .500 and coming off their bye week are set to face NFL West-leading Arizona to kick off a three game home stand.
The team getting ready to play the Cardinals looks a lot better than the one that was just coming off a near scare in a way-too-close win over Detroit on MNF. Let’s see how that improvement translates in their positional grades:
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- Midterm grade: A
- Semester grade: B+
Missed opportunities against Cincinnati and Carolina contributed to both losses. If Wilson and the offense had come up with one more drive (or even a few first downs) in those games this team would be 6-2 and there would only be two remaining undefeated teams in the league. Part of that blame can be put on the ultra-conservative play calling in each case. Still, there were plays there to be made. But Wilson continues to show improvement in his pocket passing game and has developed a promising rapport with Jimmy Graham. His near single-handed drive to complete the comeback win in Dallas adds the + to this grade.
October 22, 2015; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) runs with the football during the third quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi
- Midterm grade: C
- Semester grade: B
Much of the improvement in this grade can be attributed to a healthy Marshawn Lynch. The team was conservative with his return from a banged up hamstring, and that could pay big dividends down the stretch. Lynch has for the most part looked like his old self, although a few mis-read blocks in the Dallas game show he’s still a little rusty from the layoff. As the offensive line continues to improve, Lynch may just be THE key to the Hawks success in the second half.
Thomas Rawls was a stud filling in for Lynch in his two missed games but Darrell Bevell hasn’t figured out how to use him since then in a reserve role. Fred Jackson should be fully recovered from his ankle injury coming off the bye week, and before the break was looking like the dependable third down option the Seahawks brought him in to be.
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